When you don’t brush and floss your teethon a regular basis, you’re putting your smile at risk for plaque buildup. Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria that forms on your teeth. What’s more, plaque can convert the sugars in your food into acid that will eat through your teeth and cause cavities. Left untreated, plaque can harden into tartar and cause gingivitis and eventually periodontal disease. Thankfully, plaque can be easily prevented with a good dental hygiene routine and professional teeth cleanings from an experienced Novi MI dentist.

In this blog post we will go over the dangers of untreated plaque and how you can prevent dental bacteria from jeopardizing your health.

Dangers of Untreated Plaque

It’s important to remember that plaque affects your entire mouth. For example, plaque can harden over time into tartar and cause your gums to redden and inflame. Once plaque reaches the gum line, your smile is at an increased risk for bone and tooth loss. In other words, inflamed gums can cause teeth to loosen from the gum line.

If you exhibit other signs of cardiovascular disease, you may want to make sure you take precautions to prevent excessive plaque buildup. When plaque buildup is severe, it can travel to other parts of the body to clog arteries. If you are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, you may want to start a conversation with a knowledgeable dentist about what you can do to reduce dental plaque.

Plaque Prevention

Since plaque is colorless, it can be hard to know when it’s building up on your teeth. This is why it’s important you spend time on a dental hygiene routine and schedule appointments with a professional Novi dentist every six months.

While it may seem basic, we recommend you brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Brushing disrupts the buildup of plaque and cleans it from the surface of your teeth and gums. You’ll also want to make sure you floss at least once a day to dislodge any plaque or bacteria hiding between teeth or at the gum line. To finish your oral hygiene routine, we recommend using an antibacterial mouthwash to help reduce plaque buildup and bacteria.

Another way you can prevent plaque buildup is by changing your diet to limit sweets and starches. While sweet and starchy foods are delicious, keep in mind that bacteria in your mouth also finds it delicious. Safeguard your smile by choosing foods with lower sugar contents and saving the really sugary food for special occasions.

Make sure you schedule an appointment with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning and checkup. Your dentist will be able to use special teeth cleaning tools to remove plaque more effectively than you can by just brushing at home.

If you are interested in our preventative dental services, please call our Novi family dental practice at (248) 476-9121. Dr. Stephen J. Minns DDS has dedicated his career to providing patients with the highest level of dental care. Schedule your appointment today!